Yes. By structuring your assets in certain ways, probate can be avoided. Probate is generally only required for assets held in a person’s own name. If you establish a living trust, and place your assets in that trust, those assets will not be subject to probate.

Also, assets held in a person’s own name, but which have a beneficiary designation such as a “payable on death” (POD) provision, will not be subject to probate. (Assets held jointly with another person will not be subject to probate either, but this option has many other ramifications that should be balanced against the desire to avoid probate.)